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The Improbable Life and Work of Ramanujan
A look at the life and accomplishments of Indian-born mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
# 149464 | 842 words | 4 sources | APA | 2011 | US
Published on Dec 18, 2011 in Asian Studies (General) , Mathematics (General)

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The paper discusses how Ramanujan's mathematical skill and insight seem most improbable in light of his absence of formal education and his short life of squalor and self-neglect. The paper briefly touches upon the power of his ideas, which were formed into theories as a precursor to many complex ideas considered knowledge today. The paper posits that the narrative of Ramanujan's life is so compelling as a demonstration of that which can be accomplished against a host of insurmountable odds.

From the Paper:

"The correlation between mathematics and spirituality may not seem immediately apparent. Indeed, to some, there is something quite distinctly disparate in the relationship between religion and any science. However, the life and accomplishments of Indian-born mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan stand in contrast to this perception. Widely considered brilliant by those who knew him and yet mired in an ascetic life of poverty and illness, Ramanujan stands as a towering figure in the field of mathematics. Recognized for a categorical speed and dexterity in resolving equations, proving theorems and achieving technical representation of his theoretical insights almost effortlessly. Many of the theorems which he would propose would be proven and reinforced in the decades following his very premature death, and indeed, would live their own life in the revelations yielded to mathematicians and quantum physicists even to present day.
"His mathematical skill and insight seems most improbable in light of the biographical details that are available to us. Quite to the point, one of the most immediately striking things about Ramanujan's story is the total absence of formal education, and even moreso, a life of outright struggle in the academic context. In spite of what can be perceived as a disadvantage, he far outshone all of his peer in his command of existing principles and the ability to imagine frequently accurate new principles."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Berndt, B.C. (1999). Rediscovering Ramanujan. India's National Magazine, 16.
  • Hoffman, M. (2002). Srinivasa Ramanujan. U.S. Naval Academy.
  • O'Connor, J.J. & Robertson, E.F. (1998). Srinivasa Aiyangar Ramanujan. University of St. Andrews-Scotland.
  • Wikipedia. (2009). Srinivasa Ramanujan. Wikimedia, Ltd. Inc.

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